Love and peace, or else by Mark Derewicz. I used to look at the world, see the troubles in Belfast and Kashmir and the Middle East and even here, and think that religion was a huge problem. It would be better to go without it. I still think this, as long as religion is the source of violence. But then I studied the religions, governments, and history, and I realized that anything so powerful in the hands of humans will have negative and positive consequences. Religion can inspire exclusionary thinking, disunity, and war. But it can also inspire inclusive love, compassion, extreme charity, and the great inspirational figures such as Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Rumi, the Dalai Lama, and Hillel.